Liam Paro Moves One Step Closer Towards a Junior Welterweight Title Shot
Liam Paro is a fighter on the precipice. Ranked 2nd by the WBO and 3rd by the IBF at junior welterweight, the 25 year-old southpaw from Mackay, Queensland, Australia, is edging towards a world title shot. That served as the backdrop heading into his ten-round junior welterweight contest against countryman Steve Gago at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Eatons Hill, Australia.
The world-ranked man from Queensland was favored going in, and he showed why during the fight. It was far from the most action-packed contest. Gago (12-2, 5 KOs) is cagey and his toughness took him to the final bell. However, Paro (21-0, 13 KOs) was tactical and did more than enough to win by a comfortable unanimous decision.
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SO NOW HE WAITS
After disposing of Gago with ease, Paro has to sit back and wonder about his next move? When it comes to the junior welterweight division, everything centers around the undisputed world champion, Josh Taylor. If the fighter nicknamed the “Tartan Tornado” decides to stay at junior welterweight, Paro will have to wait before getting his world title crack.
However, should Taylor vacate the belts and move up to welterweight, that opens things up. Due to Paro’s high ranking by both the IBF and WBO, he would have multiple options. One would be a fight with WBO mandatory junior welterweight challenger Jack Catterall. A second option could be a match against IBF number two ranked contender Subriel Matias.
It may behoove the Aussie to let things play out. If he stays on his current path, it’s not a question of if he fights for a world title, but a question of when.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.